Cuba, May 12nd – On the afternoon of May 11, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, held a meeting with a delegation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), headed by Comandante Timoleón Jiménez, Chief of staff of the guerilla organization, including members of the FARC-EP secretariat Commanders Iván Márquez, Pastor Alape, Joaquín Gómez, Carlos Antonio Lozada, Mauricio Jaramillo, Bertulfo Álvarez and Ricardo Téllez.
The two parties discussed progress being made in the Colombia peace process, in particular the meeting held this week in Havana between the FARC-EP and National Liberation Army (ELN).
The FARC–EP delegation expressed its sincere gratitude for Cuba’s valuable support as guarantor and host of the almost five-year long Peace Talks between the Colombian government and FARC-EP which, after 52 years of violent armed conflict, ended in a peace agreement between the parties.
Norway also served as a guarantor nation alongside Cuba, with Chile and Venezuela accompanying the talks.
The Cuban President reaffirmed the country’s commitment to continue supporting the complex process of implementing the agreement, which represents an important step toward building a stable and lasting peace in Colombia, and consolidating Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
Participating on the Cuban side during the encounter were Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Rogelio Sierra Díaz, minister and deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, respectively; and Rodolfo Benítez Verson, guarantor to the peace process between the Colombian government and FARC-EP.(Granma)